Fermented Cauliflower Pickles

February 13, 2016

I just opened a jar of fermented cauliflower pickles that I put up last July from a huge head of cauliflower from my garden. The pickles are crisp and tangy, laced with tarragon, garlic, chili and mustard. Best of all, the pickle juice is carbonated. Read more ›

Mandarin Orange Grapefruit Liqueur & the Four Muses Cocktail

February 7, 2016

One of my favorite ways to preserve citrus is by making boozy concoctions (you may have noticed) because the alcohol really captures the essence of the fruit flavor.  That, and if I am forced to by crappy or ridiculously expensive Triple Sec in July, I may loose my mind. Read more ›

Tangy Mayonnaise

January 23, 2016

I have a confession to make. There are two condiments that I consistently buy and rarely make from scratch: Heinz Ketchup and Hellman’s/Best Food’s Mayonnaise. For this scratch cook, this is a travesty.   Read more ›

Preserving Winter Citrus

January 16, 2016

The dead of winter is where we’re at. Heading for -25 windchill tomorrow and I, for one, need as much sparkle in my life as I can muster.  The irony is that citrus, the sunniest of fruits, is in season in the middle of winter. Read more ›

Vin de Citrus

January 10, 2016

Vin de Citrus is a fortified wine infusion that takes the whole fruit, peel and all, and turns it into boozy liquid sunshine. French Vin de Orange can be found in historical documents as far back as 15th century. Read more ›

Barrel Aged Vodka

December 20, 2015

Aging your own spirits is pretty darn simple.  Oak barrel aged vodka and gin are all the rage right now, and you pay a premium price for it, too.  So if you love cocktails like I do, do yourself a favor.  Get a bourbon barrel. Read more ›

Braised Sichuan Grass-Fed Beef Stew

December 15, 2015

Sometimes I get stuck. I season and cook my dishes the same way every night, which, lets face it, leads to boredom. When it’s dark and cold outside on our long winter nights, boredom is a very bad thing. Enter, Sichuan, specifically hot, spicy, mouth numbing awesomeness that is hot chilis and Sichuan peppercorns. Read more ›

Savory Herb Cheese Lard Biscuits

December 6, 2015

Even after a week of freezing weather and two snow storms, my little herb garden is still producing.  Not wanting to temp fate, I promptly picked some rosemary and chive herbs to make these savory herb cheese lard biscuits for breakfast.   Read more ›

Coffee Liqueur Cures What Ails You

November 27, 2015

Winter officially arrived on Thanksgiving this year with a inch of wet snow. The kids busted out their snow pants and boots, and the adults busted out their cozy cocktails. I’m making coffee liqueur so we all have a steady supply of soul-soothing mixers for our long, long winter’s night. Read more ›

Brine that Turkey!

November 22, 2015

Do you have your turkey yet? When you get it, give yourself a couple days to brine your bird in this flavorful brining recipe.  Brining allows salt, sugar and the flavors of the brine to soak into your turkey, giving it needed moisture and seasoning.  No more dry white meat! Read more ›

Buckwheat Sourdough Flatbread

November 8, 2015

Buckwheat Sourdough Flatbread combines two favorite things from my childhood; sourdough bread and buckwheat pancakes.  The result is a bread that’s crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, with a distinctly pleasant tang. Read more ›

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